Leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu delivers a speech during the 35th General assembly of CHP at Ankara Sports Hall in Ankara, on January 16, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish prosecutors Monday launched an investigation into the head of Turkey's main opposition party after he called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "tinpot dictator".Kemal Kilicdaroglu was speaking out against the detention of Turkish academics last week over a petition condemning the military crackdown in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, just days after Erdogan threatened the signatories.The chief prosecutor's office in Ankara launched the probe against Kilicdaroglu on charges of "openly insulting the president," the official Anatolia new agency reportedErdogan had in June last year filed a lawsuit against Kilicdaroglu for "slander" for claiming the president's vast palace in Ankara had gold-plated toilet seats.
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